Seabrook to play vs. Penguins

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Seabrook to play vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH Brent Seabrook didnt feel too bad after the hit from behind he took Sunday night. And two days later, he feels good enough to play.

The defenseman will play tonight and Ray Emery will get his sixth consecutive start when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Seabrook, who took the hit from Rene Bourque late in the first period on Sunday night, said he was never knocked out and actually felt OK when he went off the ice. But he was removed for precautionary reasons and says he feels fine now.

I remember the whole thing. I just got hit, I heard Bourque say right away he was sorry. I couldnt get up so I just put my head down and everybody seemed to think I was knocked out, he said. I said I felt fine, that I could go back out there.

But the Blackhawks were understandably erring on the side of caution.

You want to side with that as you go along here, especially where hes been (with head injuries), coach Joel Quenneville said. For the docs and the trainers, it was an easy call.

Seabrook had at least two other head injuries, coming off hits from James Wisniewski and Raffi Torres, respectively. Fortunately, hes missed little time due to any of them. Its another example of how you just cant judge how these hits affect one player to another.

Bourque got suspended two games for the hit. Quenneville said that was fair.

I think they got their job to do, Quenneville said. Both guys were probably in tough spots. That can happen.

Meanwhile, Daniel Carcillo is out for tonights game and doubtful for tomorrows game against the Montreal Canadiens.

And with the back to back, Quenneville said theres a good chance Corey Crawford starts in goal against the Canadiens. If he does, it will be Crawfords first start this month.

Report: Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen a 'major candidate' for Avalanche coaching job

Report: Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen a 'major candidate' for Avalanche coaching job

The Colorado Avalanche are looking for a new head coach, and Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen is reportedly a "major candidate" to land the job, according to Mike Chambers and Terry Frei of The Denver Post.

Dineen, 52, has spent the last two seasons as Joel Quenneville's right-hand man, and helped guide the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2015.

He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers, where he went 56-62-28 in two and a half seasons with the team.

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Dineen is familiar with the Colorado area as well, playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 1981-83. He scored 26 goals and 23 assists in 67 games across two seasons with the Pioneers, and was named captain as a sophomore.

Because he's under contract with the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche would have to seek permission to interview Dineen, and it's possible it already happened.

The Avalanche are looking to replace Patrick Roy after he resigned on Aug. 11 due to philosophical differences with management.

Roy was 130-92-24 in three years with the Avalanche, guiding his former club to a Central Division title in his first season but missing out on the playoffs the past two years.

Patrick Sharp, Paul Konerko take photo together at Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field

Patrick Sharp, Paul Konerko take photo together at Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field

Patrick Sharp is back in Chicago, and spent Saturday evening at Wrigley Field taking in the Pearl Jam concert, one of his favorite bands.

The former Blackhawks forward happened to bump into another fan-favorite athlete Chicago is well familiar with: Paul Konerko of the White Sox.

Together, the two of them have helped bring four championships to the city.

Sharp couldn't resist tweeting the photo Saturday night to document the moment:

Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin named best Russian player in 2015-16

Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin named best Russian player in 2015-16

Artemi Panarin is bringing home some more hardware after his stellar rookie campaign with the Blackhawks.

The 24-year-old winger was named the 2015-16 Kharlamov Trophy winner, given annually to the best Russian hockey player in the Kontinental Hockey League and National Hockey League. Panarin led the way with 15 first-place votes and 43 total.

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin came in second followed by Metallurg's Sergei Mozyakin, Washington's Alex Ovechkin (a seven-time winner of the award) and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov.

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Panarin ranked first among all NHL rookies in multiple categories last season, including goals (30), assists (47), points (77) and game-winning goals (7) in 80 regular-season games, which earned him the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

He was presented the award over the weekend:

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The award is voted on by the committee of the Russian Hall of Fame, Russian hockey legends/veterans, a group of KHL general managers, members of the media and past winners.

Check out the full voting results here.